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Ashley Gillit, 29, was destined to pursue a career in retail. Gillit, owner of Ashley’s Attic at 829 N. Tejon St., recalls spending weekends while growing up shopping at secondhand stores with her mother. She went on to study retail in college and, in 2013, opened her own secondhand women’s clothing store just south of […]
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When Bernadette Maisel came to Colorado Springs 13 years ago in pursuit of an English degree, her plans didn’t yet include a foray into the aerospace industry. But Maisel, now 31, has found a niche and hatched a passion in her job with the Space Foundation, which she happened upon in 2008. Now customer service […]
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Air Force Capt. Jazmine Russell was affected by law at a young age. When she was 12, growing up in eastern New Jersey, a compassionate judge listened to her, giving her a voice she didn’t think she had. Now, at 30, Russell is a special victims counsel assigned to Peterson Air Force Base, where finally […]
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Nick DeSutter joined the Army as an 18-year-old Indiana boy and left on a journey that changed his life’s trajectory. DeSutter, now 33, deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan before returning stateside in 2011 to command a company responsible for the care, development and medical administration of 131 soldiers who had returned disabled from […]
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Brad Borkowski has a Midwestern work ethic that seems increasingly uncommon, but he’s committed to passing it along to his students. Borkowski, 26, is nearing the end of his fourth year as an industrial technology instructor at Manitou Springs High School, where he teaches courses on woodworking and is the head wrestling coach. The Sioux […]
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There is a percolating industry of small technology firms in Colorado Springs, and Ben Merryman is right there in the thick of them. Merryman, 27, works as a design engineer for KS Technologies, a local company specializing in the integration of hardware and software for Bluetooth applications. Originally from North Carolina, he is married with […]
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After beginning his career in finance and consulting in larger markets, Bryan Lee discovered his niche in the tech industry and a new home in Colorado Springs. Lee, 39, originally from Oklahoma City, and his brother Matt, who still lives there, kickstarted their firm Oscium five years ago. Lee serves as president of the company, […]
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Winn Jewett runs his web development company on passion for the Colorado Springs community — and the scientific method. Jewett, 35, owns Oxbow Labs, which specializes in building websites for clients in both the public and private sectors. He came here from New York in the late 1990s to attend Colorado College and fell in […]
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In the yoga tradition, the Sanskrit word for “now” is “atha,” which is where Jessica Patterson prefers to spend her time and share her talent. Ten years ago, after becoming a college English professor, personal tragedy and her longtime passion for yoga inspired her to radically shift her career path. Patterson, now 39, since has […]
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Michigan native Conor McCluskey, without any formal training, kickstarted a tech firm in 2006 that is among the Springs’ fastest-growing startups. In 2006, McCluskey started a video-email marketing service called BombBomb, which now serves 10,000 paid users and recently moved into the seventh floor of the Wells Fargo Building in downtown Colorado Springs. McCluskey, 37, […]
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For 86 years, the Pikes Peak Community Foundation has elevated the Colorado Springs community through philanthropy, and Sara Barad feels proud to be part of that legacy. Barad, 25, has worked as fund officer for PPCF since May 2012. She spends her days supporting local nonprofits and her nights as a comedian and stage actress, […]
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Maryland native Kate Jeffers says the first job of her career has become that of her dreams. Jeffers, 27, became Memorial Hospital’s first ambulatory oncology clinical pharmacy specialist in September 2013 after graduating pharmacy school and spending two years in residency at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Having been recently certified by the […]
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